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  • Tuesday, March 29, 2005

    Criminal gangs thrive in "liberated" Iraq

    Although we often hear about kidnapped westerners in Iraq, we don't hear about the "liberated" Iraqis who are terrorised by criminal gangs which roam the country. According to this article, from the International Herald Tribune, 5000 Iraqis have been kidnapped in the past year and a half:

    The head of the office of kidnapping in the major crimes unit, Colonel Faisel Ali, called kidnapping "the first and biggest problem in Iraq." Iraqi families are so well schooled in the new commerce of kidnapping that, despite the mortal danger to their loved ones, they seldom agree to the initial ransom demand, because the price will only increase, said Abdul Razzak Hassan, an engineer. He was forced into his expertise on the topic when he was snatched on a highway west of Baghdad on Dec. 25. His captors kept him blindfolded in a filthy steel container for five days and tortured him.
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    3 Comments:

    At 3/30/2005 05:50:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    There's plenty of criminal gangs in EU, UK, USA too, it's an apparent downside to living in a non-totalitarian environment - of course in a totalitarian environment the "gangs" are state agencies thus officially "legal".

     
    At 3/30/2005 09:22:00 am, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    5000 kidnappings in a year and a half, you can't seriously be suggesting there are so many kidnappings in that short space of time in each of those areas you mentioned can you?

     
    At 3/30/2005 07:11:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    That's rich. The old Rumsfeld "free people are free to comment criminal acts" argument. Sorry. The U.S. failed the whole way through in its responsibility to provide security of the occupied citizens of Iraq, violating the Geneva Conventions in doing so.

     

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